Wednesday, July 11, 2018

My Big Clue in Finding a Marriage Record #georgiapioneerscom #gamarriages

As most of you already know, I offer a free service to members of Georgia Pioneers to assist with brick walls.  One of the most difficult brick walls is finding marriages.  The reason is that it was not always a requirement to file marriage records at the county court house.  If it was performed inside a church, for example, it may not  have been filed.   Even when the law came into effect, there were problems.

I just completed a very long research request to find the marriage of one Massengale ca 1877 in Georgia.  I customarily research all counties.  After this search, along with old newspapers, I struggled to learn where Massengale was in 1870.  I have to tell you that the index to the 1870 Georgia Census is full of holes.  The chosen spelling of names is bad, and it does not list everyone.  My chosen subject should have been listed here, as well as a bunch of other people.  However, the 1880 census had the BIG CLUE.  It listed Massengale, with his wife and a 22 year old person by the name of Reynolds.  Naturally, Reynolds was not found on the 1870 census.

The next stop was to search the marriage records for a Reynolds who married Massengale in Meriwether County.  As it turns out, the book which listed all of the marriages events for Meriwether County contained an error.  Massengale was listed as "Gill", and the first name was also rendered incorrectly.  The double "S" is frequently mistaken as something, as well as the "W" and "T".

As genealogists, we must remember to take the error factors into considerations.

Comments are welcome..

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